An iMug of Christmas cheer

Nicholas Pyers
28 November, 2008
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iMug is the Internet Macintosh User Group and they are about to have their end of year celebrations in a few weeks.

Normally iMug conduct their Monthly Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Level 4, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne (between Swanston & Degraves Streets) so their November meeting was just two days ago (based on when this blog was published). However, in December, their end of year meetings always take on a unique flavour and are normally on a different day earlier in the month.

This year they are in a very special location – the Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum (next to the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton); followed by supper at the Garden View Cafe in Nicholson Street and the date will be Wednesday December 10th from 6:30pm until 8:15pm.

The event is called “Triumphant Technology and Trombones!” and the program for the evening consists of;

Nothing is new under the sun … we just call it a Mac!
Speaker: David Demant, Senior Curator, Information and Communication, Museum Victoria
Participate in a See, Touch and Hear experience of some of the precursors of modern information and communication devices presented by David Demant.

Lemonade—one of the first computer games
Speakers: Ian Godfrey, with Robert Black
Ian Godfrey will demonstrate a game which he played on his Apple II in 1979. He will discuss its role in the history of personal computing.

Trombones (and tuba)
A potpourri of outstanding music by outstanding musicians. We present the RAAF Low Brass Ensemble comprising; SGT Andrew Heading (Alto/Tenor Trombone); SGT Paul Kellett (Tenor Trombone); LAC Michael Potts (Bass Trombone) and LAC Robert Hamza (Tuba)

Followed by supper at the Garden View Cafe, Nicholson Street.

Normally, guests and visitors are normally more than welcome to attend the iMug Monthly meetings, but bookings ARE REQUIRED to attend the Triumphant Technology and Trombones! session as places are strictly limited, so if you are interested in attending please email Noel Jackling at noel-at-jackling-dot-com-dot-au and specify if you wish to attend the event, the supper or both.

Places are filling fast, and priority will be give to iMug members, but if you are going to be in Melbourne on December 10th, then drop Noel a line and see if there a space available for you. As with all of iMug End of Year meetings it will be an event well worth attending. Bookings close Friday 5 December 2008 and there is a $5 entry fee that includes the supper.

When iMug aren’t at the Melbourne Museum with Triumphant Technology and Trombones or having Macophiles Making Music at the Auburn Uniting Church (last year’s end of year’s event) they still have some of the world’s most incredibly diverse range of presenters and topics for a MUG’s Monthly Meetings. Duck over to the iMug website and look at the Past Meetings page, where you’ll see a list of previous topics and you’ll also quickly realise that it doesn’t matter which iMug meeting you attend, you’ll always be well entertained and thoroughly educated.

The willingness to forge alliances with other groups has allowed iMug to access a far wider and broader audience and their other two regular meetings, the FileMaker Developers Group and the Macintosh MultiMedia Group, have stemmed from such partnerships.

The FileMaker Developers only meet five or six times a year at the Melbourne PC Users Group venue, which is in Chadstone Shopping Centre (the same shopping centre that now boasts an Apple Retail Store). The sessions run from 4pm until 9pm, which includes a meal break and they cover anything FileMaker related. Visitors are welcome, but attendees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The Macintosh Multimedia Group is a joint venture with AUSOM which is held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Balwyn Baptist Church on the corner of Whitehorse & Parring Roads, Balwyn. These meetings focus on using your Mac for creating and enjoying multimedia and run from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Entry is free and visitors are most welcome.

You can keep track of when the various iMug meetings are on by downloading their Widget, which simply downloads and then installs in Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard’s Dashboards or by subscribing to the iMug Events Calendar in iCal.

In between all these meetings, iMug members stay in contact with each other via the internet (after all they are the Internet Macintosh User Group) in the form of three different mailing lists; iMug Discussions, a general Mac and Apple discussion list; a FileMaker discussion list and MAG, the Macs and Graphics mailing list. iMug Discussions are only available to members of iMug; the FileMaker list is open to members of iMug and MelbPC; whilst MAG is open to any Mac user interested in graphics.

Membership to iMug is only $30 per year and if you visit their membership page, you’ll discover how you can get up to five months’ free membership in your first year.

Drop by the main iMug website for more information — including the Past Meetings section, where you can find videos of iMug carollers sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” and their President, Les Posen, performing Israeli folk dancing. The site design also works particularly well on the iPhone (and iPod touch).

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